Lions’ response pleases trio

Heanor Town manager, Glen Clarence.
Heanor Town manager, Glen Clarence.

Heanor Town’s management team were pleased with the response of their players in the 2-0 win over Highgate United on Saturday.

Goals from Kieran Debrouwer and Elliott Reeves gave the Lions back-to-back wins in the Midlands Football League Premier Division.

It also helped heal the wounds from a disappointing 4-0 FA Vase defeat to Blidworth Welfare at home seven days previously.

Manager Glen Clarence said that type of performance wasn’t acceptable from his players and rang the changes before facing Highgate.

He said: “We’ve got no excuses for last Saturday’s result and performance. Probably the worst I’ve ever seen as Heanor manager, worst I’ve probably seen as a Heanor fan and a Heanor lad.

“Ultimately, it’s my job to put that right, and that’s why we’ve worked our socks off this week, all three of us, we’ve mixed the squad up and met two or three times this week for some honest and frank discussions.

“It’s worked. The new lads have come in and done excellently. The whole squad was superb. As we’ve said before it’s Jekyll and Hyde. We’ve played like that before but not done in it for numerous games.

“Yes, we went on a nine unbeaten run - we should have won half of those that we’d drawn, obviously no excuse for last week. We make apologies for that but all we can do as a management team is try and put that right and I feel that we have done.

“The bigger picture is we’ve got to do that consistently and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

Steve Hamilton added: “Last week wasn’t acceptable but what it has done is focus our minds. We’ve talked a lot in the changing room and we got a good reaction. It was a good conversation with the players and we knew we had to make alterations.

“Those alterations have come and today there are some new faces in, it just needed shaking up, we’ve brought three, four, five new faces in and how different a week can make. Right from the start today I thought we were good.

“The first time during my tenure at the club we’ve played some great football in and around our box but it starts with defending well and we’ve defended very well.

“As disappointed as we were last week we’re at the other end of the scale this week, thoroughly delighted with the win. Superb.”

Heanor will look to extend the league run away away to St Andrews on Saturday (November 5, 3pm kick off) at Canal Street but before then had a League Cup tie with Rocester to play on Tuesday night.

Clarence said: “Hopefully we’ll have something like (against Highfield) and not the other end of the scale.

“Rocester have a couple of our ex-players so that’ll add a bit of spice. I want to win any game in any competition.

And added: “I’d like us to get a run in the league and climb the table because we’ve still got a lot of games in hand. This is a cup we have a chance in.”